College Football Picks: Balance & Depth Prompts Small Lean on (16) Oklahoma Over Tulsa

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 6:03 PM GMT

Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2015 6:03 PM GMT

Can the high powered Tulsa offense do enough to make this game competitive? Will Oklahoma be able to avoid a letdown? Go inside to get those answers and a free college football pick.

Tulsa Seeks Monumental Road Upset at #16 Oklahoma
Oklahoma will entertain Tulsa on Saturday in a game between a pair of 2-0 teams. The opening kickoff is slated for Noon ET at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman. Current (9/15) College Football Betting Odds posted at major sportsbooks have Oklahoma as anywhere from a 30.5 to 31.0 point favorite, and a total of 71.5 across the board. These teams have met in each of the past two seasons. Oklahoma won on both occasions by scores of 52-7 at home last year and 51-20 at Tulsa in 2013.

 

Great Start for Golden Hurricane
Considering that Tulsa has gone a combined 5-19 over the past two seasons, they’re 2-0 start in 2015 is a huge feather in their cap. Granted, Florida Atlantic and New Mexico are far from the level of completion that they’ll face on Saturday, but there were plenty of positives to take away from those victories. They averaged a healthy 43.5 points and 609 total yards per game. They were able to defeat Florida Atlantic 47-44 despite being at a -4 turnover differential. Last week they were installed as a 6.0 point road underdog at New Mexico, and dominated the Lobos by the score of 40-21.

 

Sooners off huge Comeback Win
Things certainly didn’t look good for Oklahoma last Saturday. They trailed Tennessee on the road 17-0 before 106,000 boisterous Volunteers fans, and their offense was totally out of sync. Lo and behold, they put a stop to Tennessee’s rushing attack that hurt them badly in the first half, and the offense began to click on all cylinders. They tied the game with less than a minute to play in regulation time, and after each team had two possessions in overtime came away with the win. They certainly must guard against complacency on Saturday after such an emotional win, and avoid looking ahead to their BIG-12 opener versus West Virginia in their next game. The Sooners defense has been outstanding in their first two games holding, Akron to a meager 203 yards, and Tennessee to just 254.

 

Final Analysis
It’s certainly tempting to take this many points with an offensively potent underdog like Tulsa. However, the Golden Hurricanes will find the sledding much tougher against a stout Oklahoma defense. Contrarily, the Oklahoma offense will be able to move the ball in chunks of yards and score at will against a very suspect Tulsa defense. This will not be one of my College Football Picks this week, but I do have a small lean toward the large home favorite.

College Football Pick: Play on Oklahoma -30.5 at 5Dimes.

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